Protection Team Leader – DRC


Job Description

OrganizationDanish Refugee Council (DRC)
Contract type:National contract
Application due:10/08/2021

Danish Refugee Council (DRC), one of the world’s leading humanitarian NGOs, is currently looking for a highly qualified Protection Team Leader for its operations in Sudan. DRC has been present in Sudan since 2004 working across 4 area offices covering both immediate humanitarian needs but also engages in longer term development activities.


DRC (Danish Refugee Council), founded in Denmark in 1956, is Denmark’s largest and the world’s leading non-profit, independent, rights-based refugee organization.

Our vision is to assist refugees, internally displaced people and their host communities to a dignified life. We protect lives and human rights and empower beneficiaries throughout conflict displacement by providing shelter, food, and hope in terms of work, education and integration towards a sustainable future.

Overall purpose of the role:

The Protection Team Leader (Protection TL) is part of the DRC Protection Team in Central Darfur; he/she will work under the line and technical management of the Protection Manager and the overall supervision of the Area Manager. This position directly manages Protection field teams. The Protection TL shall operate mainly in Nertiti and Golo Localities of Central Darfur State with the possibility to be sent for periods to other parts of Central Darfur where DRC has or may have operations. The Protection TL may also be occasionally requested to travel outside Central Darfur State.

Hence, the Protection TL bears the direct accountability for the quality implementation of Protection activities, as set up and laid out by the Protection Manger.

Protection activities in Central Darfur are focused on: individual protection assistance, case management, community-based protection (towards increasing community cohesion), Protection monitoring and Protection Information Management. Besides that, the Protection TL shall also support the Protection Manger in building DRC staff capacities and, in case of the Protection Manager’s absence or when called for by circumstances, to represent the Organization in coordination and technical fora, at Locality and State level.

Protection is mainstreamed throughout all other DRC Sectors (Emergency Response, FSL, Mixed Migration, and Community-Driven Recovery) and is a key component in programme design; therefore the Protection TL may be requested to support and follow‑up on cross-cutting Protection issues within other Sectors.

To be successful in this role we expect you to:

Project Management and Implementation:

  • Implement Protection activities, including programme quality and budget management across all field sites
  • Ensure effective and efficient implementation of said activities through organizing the Protection teams’ work by:
    • setting up the teams’ work plans according to the overall Programme plan
    • setting up workload balance for the staff and supervise their workplans
    • monitoring the application of work plans and related progress
  • Ensure that all stages of implementation (from assessment to provision of assistance) are relevant and adhere to plans and criteria devised by the Protection Manager, and that the implementation is technically sound
  • Have continuous presence on the ground to ensure the quality of activity implementation and provide technical advice to field project staff as necessary
  • under the direct supervision of the Protection Manager and in coordination with MEAL, work to strengthen Protection and general Information Management (IM), including setting standardized databases for protection and planning purposes;
  • Regularly and accurately collect and compile activity records and all other relevant documentation/Means of Verification (MoV) to feed timely into donor reporting
  • Apply and ensure the application of protocols and guidelines for Protection stand-alone activities and Protection mainstreaming during the implementation of the activities
  • When necessary, participate in staff recruitment processes, new staff on-boarding and induction, capacity building, and performance appraisal of Protection staff

Programme Development and Quality

  • Support the Protection Manager in developing strategic Protection documents and in identifying gaps and opportunities for further programming, needs assessments and gap analyses 
  • Support the Protection Manager with and/or carry out directly training sessions for junior staff aimed at increasing the quality of the implementation, including hands-on coaching, guidance and technical support to programme staff, ensuring clarity over programme plans and priorities; as well as the integration and cooperation with other DRC Sectors.

Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning

  • Support the Protection Manager in generating analysis and regularly updating the  Protection risks matrix  in alignment with project requirements
  • Collaborate with the M&E team to ensure monitoring activities are mainstreamed across protection interventions and ensure protection of vulnerable groups while gathering appropriate and accurate data on protection outcomes
  • Develop internal learning and appropriate programme adjustments against new opportunities/challenges
  • Coordinate Protection assessments, with support from the MEAL Department

Finance, Procurement and Administration

  • Support the Protection Manager on the financial accountability of the Protection programme
  • Ensure the Protection Team raises Purchase Requests (PRs) in a timely manner, in line with DRC standards, and follow up on procurement processed with the Supply Chain Department
  • Support the Protection Manager in ensuring that HR policies are followed, including completion of regular Performance Management Meetings with all Protection staff
  • Ensure familiarity with DRC’s Operational Handbook


When requested and/or necessary:

  • Represent DRC in technical and coordination fora at Locality and State level
  • Under the supervision of the Protection Manager coordinate at ground level with national, local and international actors to ensure smooth and timely implementation of activities 
  • Support Area Office Senior management (Area Manager, Protection Manager etc.) with fostering relations with local and State relevant stakeholders.
  • At least 4 years of proven experience in implementing field-based Protection for Refugees, Returnees, IDPs
  • At least 2 years of proven experience in implementing said activities in a managerial role
  • Wide understanding of humanitarian and protection principles and their application, including community safety and rights-based approaches
  • Knowledge of Protection standards and guidelines, as well as of AAP principles
  • Effective verbal and written communication, multi-tasking, organizational, and prioritization skills
  • Demonstrated experience and ability to professionally and appropriately represent the organization and negotiate and defend DRC’s interests with a diverse range of government officials, local organizations and other groups
  • Skills in Project Cycle Management, including creating work plans, delegation of responsibilities with setting of clear milestones, organizing work and monitoring progress
  • Ability to work closely with a diverse team of individuals in a highly intense and fluid environment, cultural sensitivity and respectful of local contexts
  • Ability to effectively engage and communicate with communities in a responsible manner


Proven experience in providing technical guidance and training including development of training materials is an asset.

In this position, you are expected to demonstrate DRC’ five core competencies:

Striving for excellence: You focus on reaching results while ensuring an efficient process.

Collaborating: You involve relevant parties and encourage feedback.

Taking the lead: You take ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.

Communicating: You listen and speak effectively and honestly.

Demonstrating integrity: Upholding and promoting the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation to DRC’s values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment.

We offer:

Employment category: G-Management

Eligible for delocalization

Reporting to: Protection Manager

Direct report: Protection Officers/Assistants

Unit/department: Programme

Location: Central Darfur Area Office: Nertiti, Golo Localities – with roving support to other DRC Bases in the AO

Application process

All applicants must upload a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages) in English. Applications sent by email will not be considered.

Closing date for applications: 10 August 2021

Sifting of applications and Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis for this position due to the urgency of the recruitment.

For further information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult our website

DRC as an employer

By working in DRC, you will be joining a global workforce of around 8000 employees in 40 countries. We pride ourselves on our:

  • Professionalism, impact & expertise
  • Humanitarian approach & the work we do
  • Purpose, meaningfulness & own contribution
  • Culture, values & strong leadership
  • Fair compensation & continuous development

DRC’s capacity to ensure the protection of and assistance to refugees, IDP’s and other persons of concern depends on the ability of our staff to uphold and promote the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation DRC’s values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment. DRC conducts thorough and comprehensive background checks as part of the recruitment process.

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Danish Refugee Council is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to creating an inclusive and positive work environment based on mutual respect for all employees. All applicants are considered for employment without attention to race, age, ability, ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, or any other factor. At DRC we celebrate diversity and appreciate our employees for the people they are and their unique skills, backgrounds, and perspectives. We encourage all interested candidates to apply!

For jobs from Danish Refugee Council (DRC) visit: DRC Jobs Page

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